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East London Cares turns 1!

Posted by Sasha Khan on Thursday 15th October 2020

A year ago we kicked off our programmes to tackle loneliness and isolation in Tower Hamlets and Hackney. In our latest blog, we look back on some highlights, and gear up for another 12 months!

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Shams and Anthony's friendship

Posted by Rosa Friend on Tuesday 21st July 2020

At the beginning of lockdown East London Cares connected Anthony, 69, and Shams, 32, for regular phone calls. Here Shams tells the tale of their friendship – including nail varnish advice, naming tomatoes after each other, and sharing recipes –  and how Shams has learnt "that people can connect and form friendships in all sorts of ways no matter what their age."

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We're hiring: join our team as Head of Programmes

Posted by Charlie Jamieson on Wednesday 8th July 2020

As our current Head of Programmes moves into a new post in The Cares Family, join East London Cares as Head of Programmes – to progress our first year of work, to deepen relationships and to continue to develop the East London Cares team.

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Sid and Emilia's friendship

Posted by Emilia on Friday 12th June 2020

Emilia, 25, and Sid, 91, met at an East London Cares social club, and have been chatting on the phone every other day during lockdown. Here Emilia shares the story of their friendship:

"It has changed both of our lives! I’ve gained a friend, role model, life coach and I’m given all the free advice a confused 25 year old could need. Sid is one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve ever met, and at 91, has the most impressive stories of anyone I’ve ever met."

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Winter Wellbeing 2019/20 – the final report

Posted by Sasha Khan on Thursday 28th May 2020

East London Cares' Winter Wellbeing project helps older neighbours to stay warm, active and connected to our intergenerational network during isolating times. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, our Outreach Coordinator Sasha reflects on how to identify isolation where it exists – behind closed doors, in the community. Check out our infographic and report of our first ever Winter Wellbeing project. 

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Finding the Light

Posted by Sasha Khan on Thursday 7th May 2020

While we were chatting to Ruth, 79, on the phone this week, she shared, There is always light at the end of the tunnel. And we all need a bit of that don't we?” We look back on how light has been found in our east London communities.

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